Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Moving out. Moving in.

Hey everyone,

That's right you guessed it. This weekend will be spent packing up all of our belongings and moving them to our brand new 1942 era house. Can you believe that? Our house was built in 1942! I don't even know who was the president then without looking it up and I won't since that just seems like cheating. I do recall that there was a certain historic event in Hawaii right around that time. Where am I going with this you might ask... I really have no idea, but I bet our house has seen a lot of crazy events over the years. I am just happy that we can start adding notches to the wall as well. Now if you are curious what our new life is like, BUY A FREAKING TICKET!

On another random note, I saw a great movie called Chaos Theory. Has anyone seen it? If not, I highly recommend it. It's one of those movies where you feel bad for someone but laugh at the same time whithout it being a dark comedy. I'm not really a fan of dark comedies, I always end up bored and slightly confused.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

The House Yo

Hey Everyone!

Here is a nice little video that the wife made of our new home. Not to worry, all of the ugly furnishings are from the previous owners. We close this Tuesday so wish us luck!



Peace Out,

Urb

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hey Peeps!

Howdy y'all. This is my first post from a new iPhone application that works with blogger. I am hoping that this handy dandy tool will make it easier for me to send updates from the road since I am such a jetsetting world traveler these days. Yeah I know I really just take the bus around. One can dream right? However the bus is an educational experience. Everyday I learn new things for instance, I can get pirated movies from a guy that rides the bus around and sits in the back. In fact yesterday he was selling leatherheads on DVD for the bargain price of 3 dollars! I also learned that if you take an express bus during rush hour don't be naive and think that since you live at a popular stop, that the bus actually will. I learned this the hard way when I had to hike 2 miles home the other day... Literally.

Well, that's it for now. Check out bellafrench.com for all the latest news and photos of our new house!

Over and out,

Urb

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

One Month

Hey Everyone!

Well it has been about a month since my last post. I have a love/hate relationship with blogging. I used to have a pretty active readership and then I got burned out and stopped blogging for a few years. This resulted in the loss of 95% of my fans. I have been trying to build back my fan base but it is a little discouraging when I go to the stat counter and see a consistent 5 hits every day. Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for my fab five out there and give you much love. I think I would get into blogging much more if I had some kind of incentive, someone throw me a freakin bone!

Ok, that's enough of that.

Here is what the last month has consisted of for me:

1. House hunting
This has been exciting, frustrating, annoying and slightly painful. Right now we are about to close on our first home! It's about 20-25 minutes north of the city in a town called Kenmore. I still can't figure out why people here think 20 minutes is far away.
2. Work
I started my new job teaching out here. I am basically doing the same things I was out in Charlotte so that makes it easy but I have found that most of the students out here really challenge me with a lot of good questions. I guess I better read one chapter ahead.
3. Camping
That's right, the wife and I went for a nice long camp. We ate a lot of smores and sat in front of the fire for an entire day without moving (except to eat and pee). Because of that I don't have much to report but it was time well spent.
4. Facebook
I started a Facebook account right before I left Charlotte. I figured it would be a good way to keep up with friends. To my surprise, it has been much more than that. I have been able to reconnect with people I went to grade school with. It's so interesting to see what people are doing now and what they look like. Many people I wouldn't even recognize if I ran into them on the street. I guess college, kids and booze will do that to a person. I like to think all those things help me and that I look better with age like George Clooney.
5. Weather watching
I am still trying to figure out the rainy season. I guess technically it has started? Just so you know, it rains every single day of the year non-stop. We actually take kayaks to work and sleep on floating beds. Having a snorkel is like owning a pair of shoes, everyone has one and sometimes they smell.

Ok, I think that's it for now. I will try to be better about keeping you all up to date in the future but I can't promise anything. My track record is not the best.

Peace love and adios!

Urb

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Speak Easy My Friends

For those of you who are not familiar with a speakeasy, the term is derived from the days of prohibition when many people created home brews and moonshine and drank in bars that they made in the basement. People would come over to drink and were told to keep things quiet or "speak easy."

This past Friday the wife and I were invited to a party on Bainbridge Island. To get there you have to take the ferry across Puget Sound and then drive into the wilderness. After a long ride we got to the party and were promptly greeted and taken back into the woods down a dark trail. Looking through the trees you could see a warm glow far off in the distance. After what seemed like an eternity, (not really, that was added for dramatic effect) the woods parted to reveal a small shack with a crowd of people and music coming from within. I suddenly felt like Huckleberry Finn on a wild adventure. We stepped through the swinging door and were greeted by a fully stocked bar!

Yes, my friends we were in the midst of a modern day speak easy. It even had a name, "The Goat." After being given a full mug of home brewed IPA, I sat down and soaked in my surroundings. On the left there were a group of locals talking about times gone by, to the right there were a few open seats at the bar so we quickly found our place. There were many pictures of a goat for which the establishment was named after, other farm animals and what looked to be old family photos. Upon investigating further I noticed a sign on the wall which read:

Rules of The Goat:

1. Drink all you want from the Goat
2. Feed the Goat (bring something for the bar)
3. Don't be an Asshole

Can you believe it? We got to drink whatever we wanted all night long absolutely free and there were even bartenders on staff the entire night!!! All we had to do was follow those 3 simple rules.


So, for all of you who are planning a trip to visit... We will be sure to speak easy while taking a sip from The Goat! Just make sure you practice the rules before you arrive.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Grind it Out

Hey Everyone,

So last weekend I went up to Vancouver to see the wife while she is away training for a month. While I was up there we figured we should take in some of the local tourism so we got online and found out what the local Canadian folk like to do. Apparently one of their favorite pastimes is climbing straight up the side of a mountain called Grouse Mountain. Seriously, people do it all the time and even have races to the top. The name of the trail is "The Grind" and it really does feel like your legs are being ground into hamburger meet within the first 15 minutes of the hike and it never stops. I really don't see why they get so excited about doing this. If I had my choice between hiking straight up the side of a mountain or... anything else, I think you know what I would choose. Either way, I figured we should try it since this is "the thing to do" when in Vancouver. So there we are hiking away complaining after the first 500 yards all the way to the top. The wife's roommate joined us as well and said she was going to run up. I almost started laughing but was able to restrain. So the hike took us about an hour and forty minutes to complete and when we got to the top we found said roommate who told us her time was forty four minutes. At that moment I almost slapped her, not because I was mad or don't like her (she is uber cool) but because I was quite jealous and felt like a fat old man.

Anyway, I did it and can say that I did whatever that's worth. I guess in Canada you are not judged by your money like all the normal people in America but how fast you can scale a cliff. Maybe there's something in the water up there... or the maple syrup.

Me.
337-418-1024Wife.
radiothalliumThe view from the gondola ride back down (AKA the fun part)
The mountain from far away. (notice the cloud of doom)